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10 month old & Turks and Caicos

There is something magical about the baby and beach combination. Even with the remnants of the flu, we enjoyed a week of early morning walks on a white beach with a pink sunrise backdrop, baby naps in a tent on the beach, and leisurely lunches of conch while baby ate puffs. Ten months is a fantastic age. She’s learning quickly and her personality just keeps getting larger.

Turks and Caicos is a wonderful destination with baby. We stayed in the Regent Palms. The rooms were large with kitchens, the staff was friendly and the hotel was filled with little ones. The only downside was the food but we found several local restaurants nearby. Being right on the beach allowed for us or her grandparents to stay with her during nap-time while the rest enjoyed the beach or the catamaran!

I had been told that the local grocery store was expensive and understocked. Using the great packing lists from TravelMamas, I packed as if we were an army going for a month. In truth, the store carried her unusual formula (Alimentium) as well as diapers, babyfood and pretty much anything else you’d need. It was a 5 minute taxi ride away. Items were about a third more expensive but I could have skipped some of the backup items. You need a carseat to get from the airport to the hotel and our inlaws had bought baby a seat on the plane. Our new wheels for the carseat by GoGo worked flawlessly. I didnt bring an umbrella stroller but probably would next time.


EcoDryer Balls

With the winter came very static-ey clothing so I’m thrilled to find this option. I’ll let you know how they work!
Thanks Trying to be Greener.



May today bring you peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are both of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

A note hidden in their house at YoungHouseLove.



Now that I’m spending so much more time home, I’m really trying to cleanup, simply and make room for living. I’m enjoying this article on Zen Habit.

Does this apply to the things in your home? “It brings beauty into your life and stirs your soul.” Is this even possible with a baby? I’m getting there – slowly….

Image from Nursery Notations.


Natural Cleaning for your Kitchen

How to Clean Your Microwave with a lemon

Antisceptic Spray from Delight in Days
What you need:
3 Tablespoons liquid castile soap
30 drops tea tree oil
16 ounce spray bottle
What to do:
Fill the spray bottle with water, leaving a little room at the top. Add the liquid soap and tea tree oil.
Screw on the lid and shake to blend.

Citrus Floor Cleaner from Delight in Days
Recipe adapted from The Naturally Clean Home Karyn Siegel-Maier
1 gallon hot water
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
15-20 drops sweet orange essential oil
8-10 drops lemon essential oil
Pour soap and essential oils into a large container (can divide between two half gallon jars). Fill with hot water.
Pour some into a spray bottle to keep for cleaning the counter tops.
Does not need to be rinsed off.

Make your own liquid dish detergent?

Project Tips

DYI Beauty Products

*Delighting in Day’s Simple Lavender Salve and Lip Balm

*DYI Life’s Lavender Salt Scrub


Natural Cleaning your Bathroom

The more that I eliminate the chemicals the more I become sensitive to their smell. I’ve been trying to cut them out because of the baby but I’ve been hesitant in the bathroom. I’ll let you know how it works.

From Good Human:

To Remove Mold In The Bathroom:
You can use Borax and white vinegar to make a spray that you can aim directly at the mold in the tub or shower. Once you spray it , leave it to sit for 30-60 minutes and then go back in and wipe it off. Presto, the mold will start coming off and you did not have to inhale toxic chemicals to do so. Just mix about 2 ounces of Borax and a cup of white vinegar and you are ready to go. As a back up and a maintenance tip, you can also periodically spray the moldy “areas” with straight vinegar and just let it sit there and soak in. The vinegar will kill the mold that might be growing and it will halt the growth of new mold.

Unclog Your Shower Drain:

Step 1 – Put the DRY baking soda down the drain. I use about 3/4 of a cup.
Step 2 – Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain after the baking soda. Be sure to cover the drain immediately afterwards with a rag or plug, filling the hole completely so nothing can escape. This is because the interaction of the two will cause a “mini volcano” that will want to come up and out of the want to keep it down there.
Step 3 – Leave this concoction in the drain for about 30 minutes. While you are waiting, boil a tea kettle full of water.
Step 4 – After 30 minutes, remove the plug and slowly pour the HOT water down the drain.

All done! Your drain should flow smoothly now. If not, just do it again.


Little Birds

Just adore this wallpaper by Julia Rothman at Hygge and West (From Fern and Feather.) Maybe for just one wall!

Baby Tips

Made in Me

I’m seriously in love this with amazing software/learning game for kids. (Found at Simply Modern Mom) It is the opposite of all the things I usually dislike about computer games. It is really lovely, almost calm and has incredible crafts related to the chapter. I’ve only seen the free chapter but I cant wait until baby is old enough to play with it together.

Download for free at from Made in Me on Vimeo.


So Gorgeous!

Love Sharon's work! via Simple Lovely